of Canadian entrepreneurs are looking to exit/retire within 10 years.
Yet most lack a clear plan how they're going to get there.
of assets are in play.
When the shareholder group is expanded, through investment or employee share ownership programs (ESOPs).
Selling the company.
When the existing owner(s) step back, including transfers to family members.
Often lack exit/transition experience.
Boards of Directors
Exist to approve, not recommend.
Typically focus on own domain.
Personal networks are often limited in availability and expertise, and lack true independence.
An excellent route to top talent— though at $60-80K set-up before ongoing costs, prohibitive for most.
Rimrock gets it: you have limited resources to invest in your business transition.
So we direct them to where they matter most — away from search (which we provide free) and into the best, most relevant expertise.
We direct them into a Lean Advisory Board.
30-Day Set Up
Rimrock has two types of Advisor.
(If this sounds like you, and you'd like to explore joining us, please apply.)
MARK BENNING, MBA
Mark is a 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley, where he founded and led four investor-backed technology companies. He has also worked as a consultant to several venture capital and private equity firms. Most recently, Mark was an Executive Advisor with the BDC, Canada’s bank for entrepreneurs, consulting to high-growth companies.
He enjoys executive coaching, growth strategy consulting, and facilitating leadership retreats for his management clients. He is a CTI and Roy Group trained executive coach and mentor.
Mark studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, received an Economics degree from Harvard University, and an MBA from Stanford University. He is also a former professional hockey player.
STEPHEN BUTLER, PhD
Stephen began his career with The Boston Consulting Group, serving Fortune 500 and global equivalent firms before becoming Vice President of Corporate Development at TMX Group, then co-founder/CEO of an edtech startup.
He brings over 20 years' experience working with governing and advisory boards, public, private and non-profit, including serving as Board Chair of Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society.
He is also founder of Framework, a consultancy for growth companies, as well as a professional speaker and co-author (with Karissa Price) of the forthcoming The War for WHY: How Companies Can Make Purpose Work (And Everyone Happier) For Real (2023).
Stephen holds a BA (Jt Honours) in Economics and Political Science from McGill, a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge, and Family Enterprise Canada's Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA) designation. He has also taught at Harvard as a Visiting Fellow and, like his colleagues, loves dogs and mountains.
TANIA CORBETT, PhD
LISA HYDE, MBA
Passionate about optimizing CEO performance, Lisa uses her C-Level executive and entrepreneurial experience to help CEOs of mid-sized, growth-oriented companies develop targeted strategies and leverage them into operational and financial success.
Lisa is a driver of strategy development and execution; aligning strategy and organizational structure. She is a builder of high-performing, collaborative teams that exceed key performance indicators. Lisa has broad industry exposure, diverse functional experience and a deep understanding of critical business drivers. She has C-Suite leadership experience in start-up, scale-up, high-growth, family enterprise, financial services, consulting and not-for-profit companies.
Following a career in commercial finance and business consulting leadership, Lisa co-founded several companies, including a global financial asset recovery firm with the world's largest searchable database of unclaimed financial assets and with partnerships in over 30 countries. Assetmine Global Inc. assists multi-national companies and off-shore governments to identify and maximize their recovery of unclaimed financial property.
Critically important to Lisa is leveraging her skills to support sustainable development and youth empowerment in the global community. As such, Lisa co-founded a Canadian registered charity to support community development and to assist at-risk youth in Central America and Canada.
Lisa holds a BA from the University of Toronto, an MBA from Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and is a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner.
MARK SAMPSON, MBA
Mark is an accomplished company builder and business development executive. Having successfully led several high-growth firms in North America to milestone success, he is passionate about guiding the growth and achievements of emerging, high-potential companies that are positioned ahead of the curve.
Mark has held senior executive and advisory positions at companies such as BDC, MegaPath, Telus, and AT&T. At BDC he advised several CEOs and business owners on how to elevate their game and realize record revenues. He was instrumental in the commercialization of the Internet in Canada and the establishment of a national ATM network for credit unions
He is known for attracting and retaining high-calibre human capital, developing and executing aggressive growth plans, securing investment, completing accretive M&As and strategic exits.
Mark is a graduate of The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, and lives with his family in the Sea to Sky corridor where in his spare time, will be found playing in the mountains..
Unlike other services, Rimrock views talent as the core of our offering, not another source of revenue.
If you share our passion for advisory work and have 15+ years in strategy, finance or other domains related to business transition, we'd love to welcome you onto our Expert roster for FREE.
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